• Jarnard Sutton

Behind the Stick with Rob McShea of WhipHand

Rob McShea is the man behind the bar program at WhipHand. We talked about the bar concept while he served up his tasty cocktail called "Gimme the Rye, You Old Bag."

"Gimme the Rye, You Old Bag," is crafted with Rye whiskey, Cardamaro, Cynar, runny maple and grapefruit bitters. Priced at $12.

What's the story behind the cocktail you made for us?

"Gimme the Rye, You Old Bag," is a reference from the TV show Seinfeld, in the episode called the Marble Rye. This show was one of my favorites growing up, and I try to sneak in an Easter egg reference from this TV show in each of my menus. Describe the taste.

This cocktail is an old fashioned variation that layers the flavors of maple / grapefruit / and thistle (artichoke). The drink tastes a little spicy (not hot) from the rye, bitter from the cynar, citrusy from the grapefruit, and slightly sweet from the maple. Altogether, a really balanced spirit-forward sipper. What kind of experience can guests get at WhipHand?

WhipHand guests can experience a friendly, fun atmosphere, with a neighborhood level of hospitality.

What's unique about the cocktails here at WhipHand?

All of the cocktail recipes and presentations at WhipHand are my own twists and visions. About Rob McShea

Are you from San Diego?

I was born in Germany, grew up in New York, went to high school in the greater Los Angeles area, came to SD for college, and figured I wanted to stay.

How did you get into bartending?

I actually got into the business as a door man during the early college years as a means to pay bills. I worked my way from there and eventually I had the epiphany that creating drinks was a passion of mine.

What's your favorite thing about bartending?